Mond by Slumberhouse 2021

Hi Ho Posse! Slumberhouse is a fragrance brand that I have loved since first hearing about it and getting in touch with Josh to buy a bunch of bottles and samples. It was love at first sniff. If you’ve been reading for any length of time you’ll know that sadly the fragrances attacked Jin in his sleep. He would have terrifying nightmares and be unable to breathe properly. It was with great regret I sold on my collection, now worth THOUSANDS and thousands of $$$$ for peanuts. Oh well, woulda, shoulda, coulda. I do hope the lucky recipients of bottles have worn them in great good health and happiness. When I saw Mond in Surrender To Chance¬†I bought 2ml to see if my Slumberhouse love was still strong.

Mond by Slumberhouse 2021

Mond by Slumberhouse 2021

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Amaretto, Balsam, Honey, Marzipan, Vanilla, Amber, Cream, Red wine, Sandalwood, Plum, Sour cherry, Spices, Apple skin, French hay, Gaiac wood, Raspberry, Woods, Chicory, Pumpkin

So how does Mond smell? The opening is dank and then honeyed. Strange and compelling are the two words that keep coming into my head in those first few moments. My nose is being torn in two directions. One of my favourite scent memories is the smell of Grandma’s lidded jar of wrapped sweets. Now imagine that, coupled with the scent of Dad’s brick shed in the backyard full of lawn mower, tools, wood, dust, last seasons leaves, cold cement and engine oils. If you can meld these two complete opposite experiences you’ll start to get what Mond’s first minutes are like.

The heart is where everything comes together, in moments the disparate parts meld together and Mond is suddenly itself and not a cacophony of parts. Dessertish sweetness over cold dark woods and preloved stable hay, and gorgeously feral. My question is: How does Josh make something so whack into a wearable fragrance? Sure, it’s very niche and I can’t imagine most of the worlds fragrance wearers jumping for it but that there is someone making these delightfully wearable fragrant freaks makes me really happy.

Mond by Slumberhouse 2021

The run is done and no more Mond is available but Surrender To Chance has samples if you’d like to try it for yourself.

Does Mond read like something you would try?
I just went back and read my Slumberhouse Jeke review from nearly a decade ago. My enthusiasm was so apparent.
Portia xx

  • Musette says:

    OMG! How did I miss the post about Jin’s nightmares?!!! That poor baby. Perfumista cred dangling in the wind here – but I think I like your evocative description of Mond more than I might like the perfume. But, like you, I’m happy as heck that there are people out here making interesting fragrances!

    • Portia says:

      Hey Musette,
      It was terrifying and took a while to work out what the problem was. Especially terrifying because Jin is so fearless and calm in most instances.
      HA! That is an amazingly kind thing to say. Thank you. Yeah, you may be right. Mond is not an easy wear but well worth visiting.
      In a world of commercialised dreck its nice to have some crazy fun weird assed madness too.
      Portia xx

  • March says:

    huh — how did this test drive go, Jin-wise? I can see having that reaction to this line … I remember smelling Mond somewhere (NYC?) and thinking how interesting it was without especially wanting to own it hehe. Your description really brought it home!

    • Portia says:

      Hey March,
      Jin did smell it. I thought it would go much worse than it did. He wasn’t a fan but it also was not outright revulsion. We don’t share a bed nowadays so he didn’t get the midnight frights.
      Portia xx

  • ElizaC says:

    Mond sounds like it would either be the most amazing perfume I’ve ever tried or it would scare the heck out of me! Portia, your review of Pear and Olive introduced me to Slumberhouse. They are so creative and each scent definitely has its own identity. I have the Pear and Olives and managed to get a bottle of Zahd. Just looked online and you were not kidding about the resale prices!

    • Portia says:

      Ha! ElizaC, you are spot on.
      Pear and olive has become a cult favourite. That etched bottle with balls in it could pay our mortgage for a couple of months.
      Portia x

  • Dina C. says:

    Mond sounds so strange, especially the part about dad’s shed full of tools and lawnmowers. I can vividly recall that scent (and Grandma’s candy jar), and they Just. Don’t. Go! What a wild conglomeration. Thanks for reviewing it so I could laugh. ūüôā

  • cinnamon says:

    Ya know, I can see how Jin would have a big reaction to these. I read about them ages ago and managed to smell some at the now gone Twisted Lily in Brooklyn. I found them well done and very interesting but didn’t want to wear any. It does not appear that you can even access the website from here. This does sound very interesting but I can’t imagine jumping through the hoops I would need to jump through to sample it.

    • Portia says:

      How bloody good was Twisted Lily?!? I loved that place Cinnamon. Made videos with Carlos who has now gone on to the next great adventure.
      Portia xx

  • Maya says:

    I remember when everyone was talking about Slumberhouse so I tried Kiste, Norne, and possibly Sadanne. I think one was overwhelmingly syrupy sweet. Norne, maybe, was somehow very unpleasantly thick. I know, poor descriptions on my part, but definitely not a perfume house for me.

  • Tom says:

    These sound interesting, but nightmare inducing? Yikes!

  • Tara C says:

    I have several Slumberhouse loves, including Mond. I own it along with Ore, Sibet, Sadanne and Kiste. I wish I had an original bottle of Jeke as the latest version is changed and I don’t like it.

    Pity you sold your bottles, I would have worn them while at work or not around Jin and just showered them off before bed.

    • Portia says:

      Hey TaraC,
      Yeah, they are bloody good scents.
      Thing is, I would have worn them, forgotten, gone to bed. DRAMA! Jin is too good a guy to do that to.
      Portia xx